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Kids Learn Through Adventure At The Outdoor School


Darren Smith, the marketing director for the Outdoor School, and Matt talk about a special program which promotes outdoor adventures for kids. The outdoor school was founded in 1996 and has two locations, one in Marble Falls, and the other near Houston. It was started as a way to engage schools and have them bring their students to experience the outdoors. This program reaches schools from all areas, both demographically and socioeconomically. Schools generally take a group of kids to the camp one day to one week. The Outdoor School combines academics and adventure to insure the kids have the time of their life while at the camp. Matt and Darren agree that the outdoor experience is being taken away from many kids these days. The target of this program is to give the students a chance to spend some time outside and to experience adventurous things they never have before.


Show notes:

  • More about how the program works [01:29]
  • What the kids come out there to learn [02:37]
  • Typical day at the camp, balance between academic and adventure [06:15]
  • What’s a typical school profile for the camp? [07:47]
  • When is the season for the outdoor school? [09:32]
  • A few success stories about the outdoor school [11:29]
  • What makes this program special [13:30]
  • The best way for a school to reach you to learn more about the program [17:55]


The Outdoor School is an outdoor education program designed to supplement the curriculum taught in the classroom. Serving students in grades 4-12, The Outdoor School offers a host of different courses, both academic and adventure based, that allows schools to customize a field trip that will meet the needs of their students. The Outdoor School is just what its name implies: A school in and about the great outdoors.  A place where kids can see, hear, touch, smell, and even taste nature. A place where they can learn about themselves, their natural environment and their peers while participating in fun and educational outdoor activities. There’s something for every age and every interest that will help students grow by facing challenges, overcoming their fears and doing things they never imagined they would!



Darren Smith is originally from the Dallas area, Darren has lived in Austin and on for over eight years with stints in Los Angeles, CA, Long Beach, CA, and Sarasota FL.  He is a graduate of the University of North Texas and Long Beach State University.  Prior to The Outdoor School, Darren worked in the airline industry, the entertainment industry, and in professional sports.  Darren has been the Marketing and Sales Director since 2012.  He and his beautiful wife have two little troublemakers at home.

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